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Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Major General Paul L. Williams

April 16, 1894 - March 3, 1968

— Hall of Fame Inductee - 2017 —

Major General Paul L. Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Thomas Smith, July 1, 2021
1. Major General Paul L. Williams Marker
Inscription.  General Williams was one of the Air Force's most experienced airborne tacticians. He was awarded his pilot wings in Feb 1918 and served in pursuit bomber and training squadrons, during WWII, he planned the employment of air transport squadrons supporting the invasion of North Africa. He commanded the 51st troop carrier wing and planned the airborne portion of the invasion of Sicily. In Feb 1944, he was named commanding General, IX troop carrier command. On D-Day he directed an air armada of more than 1,000 C-478 and 900 Gliders, His theather transport forces became reliable mainstay as the Allies advanced from Normandy into Germany, He directed operation varsity that included the largest single day airborne drop in history. Following the War, Williams commanded 3rd and 9th Air Force. General Williams innovation developing tactics for airborne operations set the foundation for AMC'S airdrop capability.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1918.
Location. 38° 32.408′ N, 89° 51.815′ W. Marker is in Scott Air Force
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Base, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Memorial is on Main Street west of B Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Heritage Dr, Scott Air Force Base IL 62225, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Airlift Hall of Fame Memorial (here, next to this marker); Army Air Corps Enlisted Pilots (here, next to this marker); General Duane H. Cassidy (here, next to this marker); Air Refueling (a few steps from this marker); C-17 Pathfinder Loadmasters (a few steps from this marker); Gen Robert E. "Dutch" Huyser (a few steps from this marker); Pioneers of Aerial Refueling (a few steps from this marker); General Thomas M. Ryan Jr. (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Scott Air Force Base.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. This page has been viewed 114 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 13, 2021, by Thomas Smith of Waterloo, Ill. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 30, 2023